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UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 
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Saturday, December 24 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Please join us for two family friendly services.
Children’s Choir sings at 5 p.m.
Adult Choir sings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Bring cookies to share.

Sunday, December 25
Worship Service cancelled. 

Sunday, January 1
Poetry of Winter
Led by the Worship Committee and you.
Please bring a poem to share.
Christmas Eve Service Ride-Sharing

If you need a ride (or can provide a ride) on Saturday Dec. 24 for either of our 2 Christmas Eve services (5p.m. & 7p.m.) please contact:  cindyloui83@gmail.com . If you know of a church member in your neighborhood who might appreciate a ride, please do go ahead and offer them one. 

NEWS AND UPDATES

A Friendly Reminder our offices will be closed December 25 and 26, in Christmas observance, and January 2, in New Years Day observance. 
Giving a Hand to Syrian Refugees
Friday December 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center
106 S. Lincolm (North of Green St.), Urbana

All are welcome to this program at the Mosque. Omar Al-Heeti will give us insights from his work in Refugee camps and Luis Cuza will describe the work of CU-FAIR to help refugees from different countries including Syria.  Members of UUCUC are active in CU-FAIR.

PART FIVE OF RACIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES:  13TH 

Film Viewing Followed by Discussion
Sunday, January 8
Doors open at 2 pm
Film starts at 2:30 pm

Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13TH” (Click HERE for a NPR interview with Ava DuVernay) will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. It shakes you up, but it also challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States, subject matter that could not sound less cinematic. Yet Ms. DuVernay — best known for “Selma,” and a filmmaker whose art has become increasingly inseparable from her activism — has made a movie that’s as timely as the latest Black Lives Matter protest and the approaching presidential election.   (Selection taken from NY Times review by Manohla Dargis)

Missing a Jacket?
About a dozen jackets still remain on the coat racks in our foyer after Sunday
services.  Please claim yours so we have space to hang our winter wear. The unclaimed jackets & coats are grouped together on the south side coat rack closest to the sanctuary doors.

Are you newly retired, long time retired, dreaming/scheming/planning to be retired?

Want to meet with others to share the joys and challenges, and discover ways to create this new stage of your life? Let Rev. Joanne know. If there is enough interest, we will announce a group name and start date.
JOIN US AT OUR MEMBERSHIP CLASS!  Our next "Pathway to Membership" Class will be Sunday  January 8!  To join this fast-paced two-hour interactive class, email Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen or call me at (217) 417-1148.
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MINDFULLNESS PRACTITIONERS...

The log of our most recent practices is updated through December 18th: CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS 

Here is what we have coming up:

December 25th: Group mindfulness practice at UUCUC is canceled this week. If looking for guided meditations to practice on your own, please refer to the log above. It has links to a variety of websites with guided meditations available to play or download free of charge.

January 1st: Guided practice with audio - Usual time: meet & setup at 9:20, start at 9:25

January 8th: Guided practice with audio - EARLY time: meet & setup at 9:05, start at 9:10

January 15th: Guided practice with audio - Usual time: meet & setup at 9:20, start at 9:25

January 22nd: Unguided practice with a bell to mark the beginning and three bells to mark the end - Usual time: meet & setup at 9:20, start at 9:25

As always, the door will be left slightly open so that late arrivals can enter quietly.

SIGN UP FOR CIRCLE SUPPERS!

Get to know other UU Members & Friends over a casual potluck meal!  Circle Suppers are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month in a UU member or friend’s home.  They are intergenerational and welcome families with children, couples, and singles in a relaxed setting. Get more information and sign up at the Welcoming Table in Fellowship Hall after services—you can sign up for one supper, or as many as you want to in the next year.  You can also contact Sara Schumacher at skspa20@hotmail.com or Nancy Dietrich at nancydietrich01@gmail.com to sign up or for questions.  

Adult RE Class - "Facing Death with Life"

Our new adult RE class, “Facing Death with Life” has only a few spots left. If you are interested in joining us, please sign up by January 8 at the Hub Table in Fellowship Hall or emailing cindyloui83@gmail.com. Dates for this 8 session class are: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14,21, 28, March 7 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Children’s Chapel. There will be a limit of 12 participants. 

COME TO WOMENSPIRIT 2017 

Calling all UUCUC Women to join your UU sisters at  Winter   Womenspirit2017 .  Women & Religion is proud to present:   JUST WOMEN: JUST WORLD  with Sister Simone Campbell.    

What a wonderful opportunity for UUCUC Sisters -- Members & Friends alike -- to travel together to DeKalb Il on February 3-5 to hear Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of “Network”, speak on issues of global justice and the peace movement.  Sister Simone is known for her now-famous "Nuns on the Bus" Tour.  She has stood for justice and equity her entire life.  Come to hear what renews and sustains her; come to be inspired.  Come to Womenspirit 2017. 

Pat Nolan will be our point person for organizing ride and room-sharing for UUCUC women. Email Pat  and let her know that you'll be a part of this powerful week-end experience.


Are you feeling blah because winter is here - for real?

Want to meet with others to kvetch and discover ways to cope with the long winter? Let Rev. Joanne know. If there is enough interest, we will announce a group name and start date.
SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday, February 12 -  Join us for a special Sunday Service and fellowship as we begin our year of "Putting Love Into Action".
  CLICK HERE to see full Upcoming Events' Calendar
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